Friends of the Library

FRIENDS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization


The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Orcas Island Library will be on Sunday, October 21, 2018, between 1pm and 3pm at the Outlook Inn. At the annual meeting we will be electing new members to the Board of Directors. All current members are eligible and encouraged to vote. In addition, we will pass on reports of the last fiscal year including results from fundraising events, as well as thank the community for its continued support in volunteering, attending fundraising activities, and membership in the non-profit organization. Members of the community are invited to join this free event.

After a very brief time of official business, there will a guest speaker, Bob Dash, who will present slides and dialog about his book, “On An Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge.” Dash, a photographer, local teacher and environmental artist, portrays the phenomenally small elements of life. Dash’s work has attracted international attention for his intricate photographs of microscopic life.

Refreshments will be served. Please join us!


The Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5:00PM at the Library in Maria’s Room.

friends store

The Friends of the Orcas Island Library has merchandise for sale*. Merchandise is available for purchase in the Library.

  • Canvas Bags: $15
  • Mugs: $15
  • Hats: $12
  • Bumper Stickers: $2.50

And, of course ... paperbacks ($1) and hardbound books ($2) in the Library lobby.

*All proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to further the mission and activities of the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.

Contact the Library or any Friends member about joining the Friends Board, and about the many different volunteer opportunities.
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  • To establish and maintain an association of persons interested in a public library on Orcas Island;
  • To focus public attention on and develop public support for the Library;
  • To encourage and receive gifts, endowments, and bequests for the Library;
  • To conduct fund raising activities for the benefit of the Library and to manage funds at its disposal for the benefit of the Library;
  • To support and cooperate with the library in developing services for the community; and
  • To stimulate more extensive use of the Library's resources.

Areas of Interest

  • Endowment Fund
  • Capital Improvement Fund Children's Services
  • Community Awareness Collection Development
  • Technology Landscaping, Furnishings & Building Enhancement
  • Staff & Volunteer Staff Training
  • Freedom to Read

Annual Events & Activities

  • Library Fair — held the second Saturday in August
  • Winter Book Sale — Smaller book sale held in February/March
  • Friends' Holiday Tea; held first Saturday in December

Officers of the Board

  • President — Kenneth Gibbs
  • Vice President — Madeline Sheplor
  • Secretary — Michael Armenia
  • Treasurer — Susan Kosiur

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: Jim Wiemeyer & Harold Lentzner
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Kathy Morris
  • Library Representative : Phil Heikkinen

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board

Michael Armenia — Secretary
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Robert Demarest
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Kenneth Gibbs — President
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Iris Hansen-Tate
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Jane Heisinger
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David Kosiur
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Susan Kosiur— Treasurer
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Harold Lentzner
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Kathy Morris
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Madeline Sheplor — Vice-President
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Jim Wiemeyer
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